Putin To Host Palestinian Leader As Russia Touts Peacemaker Role

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Donald Trump warns Israel its settlements are 'complicating' search for Middle East peace

He told the free daily Israel Hayom newspaper in an interview Sunday, "You are going to see".

The conference, hosted by Besheva in the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, has been held every year since 2004, and brings together policy-makers and other Israeli leaders for discussions on the top issues facing the State of Israel. "So we are just going to have to see what happens", Trump was quoted as saying. "It still works. Besides, the main task of the U.S. consul in Jerusalem remains to represent the United States in relations with the Palestinians, because the USA relations with Israel are still handled by the embassy in Tel Aviv", Shaath said.

He pointed out that Russia's membership in the UN Security Council and the Mideast Quartet for peace enables it to play an active role in any effort to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

The U.S. authorities have stated on numerous occasions that Washington has been preparing a "deal of the century" that will ensure a comprehensive regional peace process and will put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation.

Since Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec 6, 2017, Palestinians have declared that the United States is disqualified from mediating the peace process and demanded an worldwide multilateral approach to sponsor the peace talks with Israel.

"Russia and Putin can play an important role within the frame of an global forum for peace", said Majdi al-Khalidi, diplomatic adviser to Abbas.

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The president added that as part of the plan, "We will be talking about settlements". The UN voted to condemn Trump administration's decision overwhelmingly. As for specific boundaries, I would support what both sides agreed to.

"The settlements complicate on a different level - and it's always complicated - in making peace, so Israel needs to act with caution on the topic of settlements", Trump said.

"I think Jerusalem was a very big point", Trump said.

Saturday's declaration follows U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that the U.S. embassy would move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that rocked the diplomatic world and prompted loud protests in European capitals. The very next day, President Trump became the first sitting president in history to visit the Kotel Hamaaravi [the Western Wall].

Trump called the Iran nuclear agreement "a deal that says let's ultimately do bad things to Israel", and called his predecessor Barack Obama "absolutely awful for Israel".

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